Senator Heller 

Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev., will be Nevada's new senator, announces the state's Gov. Brian Sandoval, R. Heller will be appointed to replace the scandal-scarred Republican John Ensign, who is resigning over an adultery scandal.

Heller was first elected in 2006 to replace former Rep. Jim Gibbons, R, who went on to become a deeply unpopular governor. Heller won the Republican primary that year over two other candidates. One was Sharron Angle. Another was Gibbons' then-wife Dawn, a state legislator who had voted to raise taxes and who now has her own radio show in Las Vegas.

Although most conservatives were pulling for Angle at the time (she hadn't acquired her current reputation yet), Heller was something of a pleasant surprise. He joined the Republican Study Committee in the House and now boasts an 89 percent rating on the American Conservative Union's hundred-point scale. He is the lead sponsor of the House bill to repeal the Spanish-American War Tax (on telephones).

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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